This being my hobby business… Hoop Hoop Hooray.
I think you’ve all gathered by now, I LOVE craft – particularly that of the sewing variety. My love of crafts has led me to attending a variety of workshops and has seen me become a bit of a ‘Jill of all trades. I believe what is quite common in the ‘world of creatives’ is that half the enjoyment is sharing the how to with others and seeing their enjoyment too.
For some years, I have enjoyed crafternoons with friends – don’t you love that term? I first heard it coined on Triple J radio program and it seems to have really become part of regular vernacular in the crafting world. I still enjoy crafternoons with friends, they just don’t happen as regularly as we’d like because you know, “adulting” gets in the way! At these crafternoons we’d work on various projects and just relax together, eat and enjoy the chat and the sense of achievement it brought about.
At one of our Crafternoons – making Owl softies together: Chenoa @cherryandsalt, Duff & Elise @hoophoophoorayau
I thought, “wouldn’t it be lovely if children could do this too?!” I mean, they like to talk just as much as the next person, am I right?!! I enjoyed the slow art of stiching (embroidery) so much that I thought, “yes, this is something I could teach children” and we could enjoy our own little crafternoons. Then in years to come, they might get the same level of enjoyment with their friends as I do now. Perhaps I’m getting a little ahead of myself but you get my point!
Coming from a teaching background, I also appreciate being able to assist children in learning new skills and seeing them put those in place by working on a project. I love seeing those light bulb moments when they ‘get the hang of it’ and start working on their own with such a wonderful sense of independence. I see the looks in their faces – that of serious concentration as well as joy and pride when they’ve finished their project. I love that it teaches persistence and challenging oneself because threading a needle, tying a knot and particular stitches can be tricky!
I also like the idea of children just slowing down on occasion and not being reliant on television or devices to entertain themselves. I guess that’s old fashioned but as some of you may have read, this sort of craft has been making a comeback so in a way, we’re very cool and on trend! Gradually
I will add to my crafting workshop repertoire so please stay with me while I continue to grow. Only a year in so its still early days…!